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Nita Leland's Writing, Self-Publishing & Public Speaking Book List

Anderson, James. Speaking to Groups Eyeball to Eyeball. Wyndmoor, 1989. Master the challenge of speaking effectively.

Appelbaum, Judith. How to Get Happily Published. Harper Collins, 1998. Indispensable information on the publishing business.

Balkin, Richard. A Writer's Guide to Contract Negotiations. Writer's Digest, 1985. An easy-to-use guide.

Bender, Sheila. Writing Personal Essays: How to Shape Your Life Experiences for the Page. Writer's Digest, 1995. Writing your life in fullness--more than a personal journal.

Boettinger, Henry. Moving Mountains: The Art of Letting Others See Things Your Way. Collier, 1989. Persuasive speaking for everyone.

Boston, Bruce. STET! Tricks of the Trade for Writers and Editors. Editorial Experts, 1988. Put these in your bag of tricks.

Buckley, William, Jr. The Right Word. Random House, 1996. Uses and abuses of language, vocabulary, usage, style and much more. Very thorough and entertaining.

The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, & Publishers . University of Chicago, 1993. This is a reliable resource for writers.

Curtis, Richard. Beyond the Bestseller. Penguin, 1990. An agent's-eye-view of the publishing industry--must-read.

Curtis, Richard. How to Be Your Own Literary Agent: A Literary Agent Takes You Inside the Book Business. Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Essential to understanding the publishing industry.

Daniel, Neil. A Guide to Style & Mechanics. Harcourt Brace Jankovich, 1992. Handy pocket-size guide to grammar.

Dillard, Annie. The Writing Life. HarperCollins, 1998. What the process of writing feels like, inside the writer's mind.

Feldman, Elaine. Writer's Guide to Self-Promotion & Publicity. Writer's Digest, 1990. Lots of tips for writers (and artists, too!).

Fredette, Jean. Handbook of Magazine Article Writing. Writer's Digest, 1990. Contains artcles on queries, revsions, guidelines for writing.

Goldberg, Natalie. Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life. Bantam, 1990. Understanding the passion of creative writers.

Goldberg, Natalie. Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World. Bantam, 1997. See how a writer expresses her creativity wonderfully in paint.

Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. Shambhala, 1998. A manual for creative writing.

Heilbrun, Carolyn. Writing a Woman's Life. Ballantine, 1989. Writing the truth of women's experience in their biographies.

Klausner, Henriette Anne. Writing on Both Sides of the Brain. Harper & Row, 1987. Breakthrough techniques for people who write.

Kremer, John. 1001 Ways to Market Your Books: For Authors and Publishers. Ad-Lib, 1989. Setting up for designing books, publicity, advertising and more.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing & Life. Anchor, 1995. One of my favorite books on writing--excellent advice and entertaining.

Levine, Mark. Negotiating a Book Contract. Moyer Bell, 1988. Analysis of a book contract.

Li, David. All-By-Yourself Self-Publishing. Premier, 1996. A simple, step-by-step approach that really works.

Maisel, Eric. Art of the Book Proposal. Tarcher, 2004. Making the book proposal part of your creative process in creating the best non-fiction book you can write.

Maisel, Eric. Coaching the Artist Witihin. New World Library, 2005. Advice for Writers, Actors, Visual Artists, and Musicians from America's Foremost Creativity Coach.

Maisel, Eric. A Writer's Paris. Writer's Digest, 2005. A writer's journey for the creative soul.

Marcus, Leonard. Ways of Telling. Dutton, 2002. Writing and illustrating children's books, as told by masters of the crafat.

Milo, Frank. How to Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds or Less. Pocketbooks, 1999. Proven techniques for clear communication.

Mungo, Ray. Your Autobiography. Macmillan, 1994. More than 300 questions to help you write your personal history.

Nelson, Victoria. On Writer's Block: A New Approach to Creativity. Houghton Mifflin, 1993. Rethinking the writing process (for artists, too).

Nurnberg, Maxwell. I Always Look Up the Word Egregious. Barnes & Noble, 1982. A vocabulary book for people who don't need one. Delightful for wordsmiths.

O'Connor, Patricia. Woe Is I. Riverhead, 1996. Delightful primer on grammatical correctness.

New York Times Manual of Style & Usage. New York Times, 1999. Authoritative reference for journalistic style.

Plotnik, Arthur. The Elements of Editing: A Modern Guide for Editors and Journalists. Macmillan, 1997. Practical and interesting to read.

Poynter, Dan. The Self-Publishing Manual; How to Write, Print & Sell Your Own Book. Para, 1998. All-inclusive and up-to-date.

Reed, Alistair & Ben Shahn. Ounce, Dice, Trice. Abrams, 1958. The mysterious ways of words, a delightful romp in words and pictures.

Rico, Gabriele Lusser. Writing the Natural Way. Tarcher, 2000. Enhancing creativity and writing confidence using right-brain techniques.

Rilke, Rainer Maria. Letters to a Young Poet. New World, 2000. Rilke's advice on creating.

Rodale, J.B. The Synonym Finder. Warner, 1979. Useful tool for writers in any genre.

Ross, Tom & Marilyn. The Complete Guide to Self Publishing: Everything you need to know to write, publish, promote and sell your own book. Writer's Digest, 1994. Another all-inclusive self-publishing manual.

Sayre, Henry. Writing About Art. Prentice Hall, 1998. A small, concise book on art review and critique.

Shapiro, Fred, ed. Yale Book of Quotations. Yale University, 2006. More than 12,000 quotations with sources and corrections of oft-misquoted remarks.

Strickland, Bill, ed. On Being a Writer. Writer's Digest, 1989. Advice and inspiration from 32 successful writers.

Strunk & White. The Elements of Style. Allyn & Bacon, 1999. You need this book if you're a writer. It is timeless.

Ueland, Brenda. If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit. Graywolf, 1997. A wonderful little book for creators of any kind.

Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. Harper, 1998. An informal guide, this one also belongs in every writer's library.

Zinsser, William. Writing to Learn. Harper & Row, 1988. Writing clearly to understand and be understood.

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